New Ideas for Marking Music (part 5 of Miss It? Mark It!)
A new student arrived at her lesson this week with music beautifully colored. Last week, I had encouraged Madeline* to write in her music. I suggested that if she missed something twice, she should mark it. (Miss It? Mark It! part 1) We have just started talking about how to practice, and marking the music seems like a good place to start.
Because she owns this book, I told her that it was OK to use color, not just pencil. (The book, my current favorite flute method, is Flute 101: Mastering the Basics by Phyllis Avidan Louke and Patricia George.)
I was delighted to see that Madeline had created her own colorful system to help her with this week’s assignment. In blue, she had highlighted the pieces in the key of F major. The pink circles indicated exercises that were easier and the orange circles indicated more difficult exercises. She told me that it was an easy way to see which exercises needed extra practice (orange.)
Madline’s lesson was well prepared and her practice was focused. I told her that I would take a picture of her colorful music and share it here, on my blog. Perhaps it will inspire others to experiment with novel ways to mark music. There are many creative solutions for marking music, some of which I have talked about elsewhere on this blog. I invite you to find systems that make your practice productive.
Update… Madeline came to her lesson this week with an even more sophisticated system of marking the music with color:
Now there are three levels of difficulty: pink, blue, and orange. Key signatures are highlighted in blue and time signatures are in orange. It goes without saying that Madeline was very well prepared for her lesson this week also. Bravo!
I had to chuckle when I saw how Mike* had marked his music this week. He also plays in school band where every E is E-flat. To remember that this E was natural, he drew a karate kid with a frown over the note. Humor is a great way to engage the brain in a playful way.
How do you like to mark your music? Do you use color? Do you have a system for showing which lines need extra work?
*names of students are changed